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· Jacques Vaché: Lettres de guerre (1914-1918) · Robert Bridges: To Joseph Joachim · Nadine Akkerman: Invisible Agents Women and Espionage in Seventeenth-Century Britain · L’esprit littéraire de la Grande Guerre à Redu · Dennis Whitehead: SHELL SHOCK. Twin Sisters Struck Down by the Horrors of World War I · Gladys Cromwell: The Poet · GONEWEST: Artistieke herdenking 100 jaar Groote Oorlog in West-Vlaanderen · Robert Bridges: To the President of Magdalen College, Oxford · Words and the First World War. Language, Memory, Vocabulary, by: Julian Walker · Robert Bridges: To Thos. Floyd · Laurence Binyon poetry: Ypres · Guillaume APOLLINAIRE: La fumée de la cantine

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Jacques Vaché: Lettres de guerre (1914-1918)

Mort d’une surdose d’opium en 1919 à l’âge de vingt-trois ans, alors qu’il est encore sous l’uniforme, Jacques Vaché est reconnu comme celui par qui le surréalisme est arrivé.

Du premier Manifeste à ses derniers Entretiens, André Breton aura toujours célébré celui qu’il appelait «l’homme que j’ai le plus aimé au monde».

Et quinze Lettres de guerre, envoyées depuis le front à son ami poète ainsi qu’à Théodore Fraenkel et Louis Aragon, auront suffi pour que Vaché devienne l’arme secrète de plusieurs générations.

Breton révélait en 1919 son «Umour» sans H, surgi au milieu des combats, l’expression poétique la plus pure de l’humour noir et de la «désertion intérieure».

Présenter pour la première fois l’intégralité des lettres écrites par Jacques Vaché à sa famille et à ses amis pendant la guerre (158 dont 23 totalement inédites) permet de marquer le point de départ d’une aventure moderne et de mettre en lumière le soldat en action, la vocation prometteuse du dessinateur et la singularité du «dandy des tranchées».

Jacques Vaché:
Lettres de guerre (1914-1918)
Édition de Patrice Allain et Thomas Guillemin.
Préface de Patrice Allain
Collection Blanche, Gallimard
Parution: 08-11-2018
480 pages,
ill.,
140 x 205 mm
Achevé d’imprimer: 01-10-2018
Genre : Correspondances
Prix: 24,00 €

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Lettres de guerre (1914-1918)
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Robert Bridges: To Joseph Joachim

  

To Joseph Joachim

Belov’d of all to whom that Muse is dear
Who hid her spirit of rapture from the Greek,
Whereby our art excelleth the antique,
Perfecting formal beauty to the ear;
Thou that hast been in England many a year
The interpreter who left us nought to seek,
Making Beethoven’s inmost passion speak,
Bringing the soul of great Sebastian near.

Their music liveth ever, and ’tis just
That thou, good Joachim, so high thy skill,
Rank (as thou shalt upon the heavenly hill)
Laurel’d with them, for thy ennobling trust
Remember’d when thy loving hand is still
And every ear that heard thee stopt with dust.

Robert Bridges
(1844-1930)
To Joseph Joachim

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Nadine Akkerman: Invisible Agents Women and Espionage in Seventeenth-Century Britain

A compelling history of women in seventeenth century espionage, telling the forgotten tales of women from all walks of life who acted as spies in early modern Britain.

Nadine Akkerman has immersed herself in archives and letter collections, acting as a modern-day Spymistress to unearth plots and conspiracies that have long been hidden by history.

It would be easy for the modern reader to conclude that women had no place in the world of early modern espionage, with a few seventeenth-century women spies identified and then relegated to the footnotes of history.

If even the espionage carried out by Susan Hyde, sister of Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, during the turbulent decades of civil strife in Britain can escape the historiographer’s gaze, then how many more like her lurk in the archives?

Nadine Akkerman’s search for an answer to this question has led to the writing of Invisible Agents, the very first study to analyse the role of early modern women spies, demonstrating that the allegedly-male world of the spy was more than merely infiltrated by women.

This compelling and ground-breaking contribution to the history of espionage details a series of case studies in which women – from playwright to postmistress, from lady-in-waiting to laundry woman – acted as spies, sourcing and passing on confidential information on account of political and religious convictions or to obtain money or power.

The struggle of the She-Intelligencers to construct credibility in their own time is mirrored in their invisibility in modern historiography.

Akkerman has immersed herself in archives, libraries, and private collections, transcribing hundreds of letters, breaking cipher codes and their keys, studying invisible inks, and interpreting riddles, acting as a modern-day Spymistress to unearth plots and conspiracies that have long remained hidden by history.

Nadine Akkerman is Reader in early modern English Literature at Leiden University and Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. She is author of the critically acclaimed Invisible Agents: Women and Espionage in Seventeenth-Century Britain (OUP), and of The Correspondence of Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia (OUP), the third and final volume of which will be published in 2020, and is currently writing the definitive biography of Elizabeth Stuart. She has also published extensively on women’s history, diplomacy, and masques, and curated several exhibitions, including the popular Courtly Rivals at the Haags Historisch Museum. In 2017 she was elected to The Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and received a Special Recognition Award from the World Cultural Council.

Invisible Agents
Women and Espionage in Seventeenth-Century Britain
Nadine Akkerman
Language: English
Oxford University Press
Hardcover
288 pages
Published: 12 July 2018
8 colour plates & 12 black and white images
234x156mm
ISBN-10: 0198823010
ISBN-13: 978-0198823018
£20.00

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Invisible Agents

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L’esprit littéraire de la Grande Guerre à Redu

  

Redu, en tant que village du livre, ne peut célébrer le centième anniversaire de la fin de la Grande Guerre qu’en mettant à l’honneur la littérature de l’époque.

L’angle de vue choisi est celui de la poésie née sur, ou au plus près des champs de bataille et des tranchées.

Une poésie européenne au sens le plus large qui balaie l’Europe de la Russie aux Iles britanniques ; une poésie qui, pour exprimer la puissance de cette première conflagration mondiale en son effet sur le corps et sur les consciences, se cherche des formes nouvelles.

En ce début du vingtième siècle le soldat est scolarisé.

Il lit, il écrit : des lettres, des carnets d’instantanés, et de la poésie, qui rendent compte de l’instant d’angoisse, de désespoir, de sentiment d’abandon dans un monde devenu fou.

Ainsi la Grande Guerre donne-t-elle naissance à une poésie de l’instant vécu avec une intensité hors norme par des écrivains devenus combattants.

Ce parcours tracé dans les rues de Redu, les poèmes affichés aux murs du village, en témoignent.

 

 

Du 19 mai au 11 novembre 2018
Un circuit de 20 poèmes des soldats de la Grande Guerre.

https://www.redu-villagedulivre.be/fr/

 

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Dennis Whitehead: SHELL SHOCK. Twin Sisters Struck Down by the Horrors of World War I

 

The true story of twin sisters, Dorothea and Gladys Cromwell, born into New York’s Gilded Age, living lives of wealth and privilege, as told by Dennis Whitehead.

Amid the fervor of America’s entry into the First World War, the sisters volunteered for service with the American Red Cross in France, a country they knew and loved. To French soldiers seeking refreshment and solace in the Red Cross canteen, the identical twins were known as anges jumeaux, the twin angels.

Witnessing the non-stop horrors in the worst fighting in the war, the sisters were utterly exhaustion, both mentally and physically, when they boarded the SS La Lorraine for the return journey home. They had wished to continue their service to the people of France after the fighting stopped but were convinced to return to New York by their brother.

What happened on that ship, on that frigid January 1919 evening, almost one-hundred years ago, is one of the great untold stories of World War I, and the impact that modern warfare had upon not just the men in the trenches, but upon its women and other non-combatants, as well as civilians, that remained unrecognized until the Vietnam War.

Dennis Whitehead: A native of Cincinnati and a graduate of Ohio University, Dennis Whitehead is a writer, photographer, and media producer in Arlington, Virginia.

 

Shell Shock: Twin Sisters Born Into New York’s Gilded Age Struck Down by the Horrors of War
by Dennis Whitehead
Kindle Edition
$2,99
Available for download
Language: English
File Size: 27502 KB
Print Length: 52 pages
Publisher: MMImedia LLC (July 18, 2018)
Publication Date: July 18, 2018
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Shell Shock is the story of the twin Cromwell sisters who served with the American Red Cross in World War I France. Witnessing the unrelenting horrors of war, the Cromwell sisters illustrate the unrecognized trauma wrought upon non-combatants in the First World War. Gladys Cromwell (1885-1919) was a very talented poet.

# Digital biography
American writers
Gladys Cromwell

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Gladys Cromwell: The Poet

The Poet

O tell me, tell me,
How did you drain
Your song to drops
Clear as rain?

What labor, what sorrow,
What sacrifice,
Crystal d your song
To beryl ice?

What burning gladness
Warmed it again
To a vapor sweet,
Clear as rain?

O tell me, tell me,
Melody s price
Is it work, is it pain,
Is it sacrifice?

Gladys Cromwell
(1885-1919)
The Poet

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GONEWEST: Artistieke herdenking 100 jaar Groote Oorlog in West-Vlaanderen

De Provincie West-Vlaanderen herdenkt van 2014 tot en met 2018 op culturele wijze 100 jaar Groote Oorlog. Deze eigentijdse, toekomstgerichte en multidisciplinaire herdenking kreeg de naam ‘GoneWest’.

GoneWest verbindt talloze levensverhalen met gedegen historisch besef en ontsluit deze kleine en grote verhalen via muziek-, dans-, theaterevenementen, literatuur en beeldende kunst.

“…because his brother had gone west, raved at the bleeding war; his rampant grief moaned, shouted, sobbed, and choked, while he was kneeling half-naked on the floor. In my belief such men have lost all patriotic feeling.” Siegfried Sassoon

‘To go west’, een Engelse uitdrukking, die zoveel betekent als sterven, kreeg tijdens de Eerste Wereldoorlog een bijkomende betekenis mee. Het ten westen gaan van de doden, met de ondergaande zon mee, werd aan het geallieerde front meer dan zomaar een metafoor. Britten, Fransen en Belgen bezetten dan ook het westelijke deel van dat Westelijke Front, dat van het noorden naar het zuiden West-Vlaanderen en Noord-Frankrijk doorsneed. Hun gesneuvelden en gekwetsten brachten ze daarmee letterlijk naar het westen toe.

Expo 600.000 beeldjes – 600.000 namen

Ervaar vanaf april 2018 de indrukwekkende land-artinstallatie ComingWorldRememberMe in het provinciedomein De Palingbeek in Ieper.

Deze installatie strekt zich uit over het niemandsland en The Bluff, een van de zwaarst bevochten plekken van de Eerste Wereldoorlog. De 600.000 beeldjes krijgen een plaats tussen drie grote kunstwerken van kunstenaar Koen Vanmechelen.

Tienduizenden mensen uit Vlaanderen en de rest van de wereld hielpen ComingWordRememberMe tot stand komen: samen maakten ze 600.000 beeldjes. Bij elk beeldje hoort een dog tag, het universele identificatiesysteem voor frontsoldaten. De dog tags combineren telkens de naam van een WOI-slachtoffer met de naam van een maker van een beeldje. Elke dog tag verbindt zo letterlijk het verleden met het heden.

Een doorzichtig werk van kunstenaar Koen Vanmechelen biedt plaats aan de 600.000 dog tags. De namen van de oorlogsslachtoffers komen uit ‘De Namenlijst’. Het In Flanders Fields Museum in Ieper stelde deze digitale lijst met alle slachtoffers van WOI in België samen.

Het doorzichtige kunstwerk met de 600.000 dog tags krijgt een plaats in het paviljoen aan de start van het wandelparcours rond de land-artinstallatie. Het verenigt er letterlijk de verschillende nationaliteiten en generaties in de herdenking. Het engagement van al de betrokken mensen maakt van de land-art-installatie een grens- en generatie-overschrijdend symbool van vrede.

Tot eind mei 2018 kunt u bij uw bezoek aan het paviljoen een wandeling starten. Langs een deel van het wandeltraject hoort u op verschillende rustpunten oorlogspoëzie. De wandeling eindigt op de uitkijkbrug met een bijzonder uitzicht over de indrukwekkende land-artinstallatie.

Door het karakter van de locatie kan de volledige land-artinstallatie maar tijdelijk in het provinciaal domein De Palingbeek blijven staan. De dog-tags met de namen van oorlogsslachtoffers en peters en meters krijgen wel een definitieve plaats op het Niemandsland.

De organisatoren streven ernaar om de beeldjes na afloop van de expo op een respectvolle manier te verwijderen. Eind 2018 krijgen eerst alle peters en meters de kans om een beeldje uit de installatie op te halen. Voor de resterende beeldjes zoeken de initiatiefnemers een museale bestemming op verschillende locaties, zowel in België als in het buitenland.

Expo 600.000 beeldjes – 600.000 namen
Tot eind mei 2018

Koen Vanmechelen
Het oeuvre van kunstenaar Koen Vanmechelen is een voortdurende zoektocht naar de universele waarheid van ons bestaan. Met projecten als ‘The Cosmopolitan Chicken Project’, ‘The Open University of Diversity’ en ‘The Accident’, exploreert Koen Vanmechelen de terreinen van diversiteit en identiteit. Hij wordt hiervoor naar inhoud en verbeelding sinds jaren internationaal gerespecteerd. Het werk van Vanmechelen is een ode aan het leven en is bestemd voor de nieuwe kosmopolitische mens. Hij koestert culturele verschillen. Is ruimdenkend. Zoekt naar begrip van het andere. Leeft van constructieve confrontatie. Verlegt grenzen. Is uit op symbiose. Probeert de beladen begrippen ‘identiteit’ en ‘diversiteit’ te herdefiniëren in een wereld die ooit grenzeloos was en het ooit weer zal worden.Een filosofie die perfect aansluit bij het verhaal dat ComingWorldRememberMe wil vertellen dus.

Meer informatie op website:  http://www.koenvanmechelen.be  &  https://www.gonewest.be/

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Robert Bridges: To the President of Magdalen College, Oxford

   

To the President of Magdalen College, Oxford

Since now from woodland mist and flooded clay
I am fled beside the steep Devonian shore,
Nor stand for welcome at your gothic door,
‘Neath the fair tower of Magdalen and May,
Such tribute, Warren, as fond poets pay
For generous esteem, I write, not more
Enhearten’d than my need is, reckoning o’er
My life-long wanderings on the heavenly way:

But well-befriended we become good friends,
Well-honour’d honourable; and all attain
Somewhat by fathering what fortune sends.
I bid your presidency a long reign,
True friend; and may your praise to greater ends
Aid better men than I, nor me in vain.

Robert Bridges
(1844-1930)
To the President of Magdalen College, Oxford

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Words and the First World War. Language, Memory, Vocabulary, by: Julian Walker

“The experiences could be understood only as being of such extremity that they stood beyond written words; it was not a failure of language, but a view that, for the individual, language, particularly written words, and the enormity of the experience were not matched.”

First World War expert Julian Walker looks at how the conflict shaped English and its relationship with other languages. He considers language in relation to mediation and authenticity, as well as the limitations and potential of different kinds of verbal communication.

Walker also examines:
– How language changed, and why changed language was used in communications
– Language used at the Front and how the ‘language of the war’ was commercially exploited on the Home Front
– The relationship between language, soldiers and class
– The idea of the ‘indescribability’ of the war and the linguistic codes used to convey the experience

‘Languages of the front’ became linguistic souvenirs of the war, abandoned by soldiers but taken up by academics, memoir writers and commentators, leaving an indelible mark on the words we use even today.

Julian Walker is a writer, researcher, artist and educator. He is an Honorary Research Associate at University College, London, UK. He is the co-author of Languages and the First World War: Communicating in a Transnational War (2016), the author of The Roar of the Crowd (2016) and Trench Talk (2012) among many others.  His website is www.julianwalker.net

Writes: Lexicology, First World War, Sociolinguistics and Linguistic Anthropology, World History, Heritage

Author of : Words and the First World War, Team Talk, Discovering Words in the Kitchen, Discovering Words

“This is a substantial book, dense but always accessible, covering both time and space. Gratifyingly, it sidesteps an all too common error that entraps books on words, of becoming no more than a padded dictionary.” – The Daily Telegraph

Words and the First World War
Language, Memory, Vocabulary
By: Julian Walker
Published: 28-12-2017
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 416
ISBN: 9781350001923
Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
Illustrations: 50 bw images
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
Prize: £14.99

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Robert Bridges: To Thos. Floyd

  

To Thos. Floyd

How fares it, friend, since I by Fate annoy’d
Left the old home in need of livelier play
For body and mind? How fare, this many a day,
The stubborn thews and ageless heart of Floyd?
If not too well with country sport employ’d,
Visit my flock, the breezy hill that they
Choose for their fold; and see, for thence you may,
From rising walls all roofless yet and void,

The lovely city, thronging tower and spire,
The mind of the wide landscape, dreaming deep,
Grey-silvery in the vale; a shrine where keep
Memorian hopes their pale celestial fire:
Like man’s immortal conscience of desire,
The spirit that watcheth in me ev’n in my sleep.

“While yet we wait for spring, and from the dry”

While yet we wait for spring, and from the dry
And blackening east that so embitters March,
Well-housed must watch grey fields and meadows parch,
And driven dust and withering snowflake fly;
Already in glimpses of the tarnish’d sky
The sun is warm and beckons to the larch,
And where the covert hazels interarch
Their tassell’d twigs, fair beds of primrose lie.
Beneath the crisp and wintry carpet hid
A million buds but stay their blossoming;
And trustful birds have built their nests amid
The shuddering boughs, and only wait to sing
Till one soft shower from the south shall bid,
And hither tempt the pilgrim steps of spring.

“In autumn moonlight, when the white air wan”

In autumn moonlight, when the white air wan
Is fragrant in the wake of summer hence,
‘Tis sweet to sit entranced, and muse thereon
In melancholy and godlike indolence:
When the proud spirit, lull’d by mortal prime
To fond pretence of immortality,
Vieweth all moments from the birth of time,
All things whate’er have been or yet shall be.
And like the garden, where the year is spent,
The ruin of old life is full of yearning,
Mingling poetic rapture of lament
With flowers and sunshine of spring’s sure returning;
Only in visions of the white air wan
By godlike fancy seized and dwelt upon.

Robert Bridges
(1844-1930)
To Thos. Floyd

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Laurence Binyon poetry: Ypres

 

Ypres

She was a city of patience; of proud name,
Dimmed by neglecting Time; of beauty and loss;
Of acquiescence in the creeping moss.
But on a sudden fierce destruction came
Tigerishly pouncing: thunderbolt and flame
Showered on her streets, to shatter them and toss
Her ancient towers to ashes. Riven across,
She rose, dead, into never-dying fame.
White against heavens of storm, a ghost, she is known
To the world’s ends. The myriads of the brave
Sleep round her. Desolately glorified,
She, moon-like, draws her own far-moving tide
Of sorrow and memory; toward her, each alone,
Glide the dark dreams that seek an English grave.

Laurence Binyon
(1869 – 1943)
Ypres

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Guillaume APOLLINAIRE: La fumée de la cantine

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Guillaume Apollinaire
(1880 – 1918)

La fumée de la cantine

La fumée de la cantine est comme la nuit qui vient
Voix hautes ou graves le vin saigne partout
Je tire ma pipe libre et fier parmi mes camarades
Ils partirons avec moi pour les champs de bataille
Ils dormirons la nuit sous la pluie ou les étoiles
Ils galoperont avec moi portant en croupe des victoires
Ils obéiront avec moi aux mêmes commandements
Ils écouteront attentifs les sublimes fanfares
Ils mourront près de moi et moi peut-être près d’eux
Ils souffriront du froid et du soleil avec moi
Ils sont des hommes ceux-ci qui boivent avec moi
Ils obéissent avec moi aux lois de l’homme
Ils regardent sur les routes les femmes qui passent
Ils les désirent mais moi j’ai des plus hautes amours
Qui règnent sur mon coeur mes sens et mon cerveau
Et qui sont ma patrie ma famille et mon espérance
À moi soldat amoureux soldat de la douce France

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